Updated 7/30/15: Video of baby Kiango sleeping. Is he having a giraffe-sized dream?
Kiango, a 6-week old reticulated giraffe at the Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo, ventured into the giraffe pasture in the zoo’s African Journey for the first time this morning.
Kiango (kee-ON-go) was born strong and healthy on June 15 and began walking within an hour of birth. Until now, Kiango and his mother, Zahra, have been living in the zoo’s state-of-the art giraffe barn while Kiango got acquainted with the zoo’s herd of six adult giraffes.
The zoo has shared photos and video of the calf on its social media channels, but today is the first chance for zoo guests to see him in person.
For the remainder of the zoo season, Kiango will spend some days in the exhibit and be given some “days off” when he will rest in the giraffe barn.
Facts About the New Giraffe Calf
- Gender: Male
- Birthdate: June 14, 2015
- Species: Reticulated Giraffe
- Parents: Zahra (mother) and Ezeji (father)
- Height at birth: 6’2”
- Weight at birth: 160 lbs.
- Name: Kiango (meaning “light” or “sunshine” in Swahili)
- Conservation Status: Giraffes are listed as Vulnerable by the International Union for Conservation of Nature, due to habitat loss and illegal hunting.
Animal babies are sponsored by Lutheran Children’s Hospital.